MANILA – Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon tendered his irrevocable resignation on Monday after he was implicated in the pork barrel scam.
Biazon maintained his innocence, but said stepping down from his post is the honorable thing to do amid the controversy.
“I resign in order to prevent exploitation of the controversy by parties who would like nothing better but to have an issue to throw against the Aquino administration,” he said in a press conference.
“Being a presidential appointee to a sensitive post, critics will surely have a field day taking potshots at the president if I stay in the post. I would rather see the reforms of his administration succeed than retain my opportunity to serve,” he added.
He said his resignation is not an admission of guilt but rather to protect his family from exposure to a “hostile environment” of a public controversy.
"I resign to protect my family, particularly my young children, from the exposure to the hostile environment of a public controversy involving their father. The intense discussion in media may be too much for them to endure. They are too young to understand that in the face of allegations like these, anyone is deemed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," he said.
He also thanked the President for allowing him to serve as Customs chief, a task he said he took on because he “believed that it was a cause worth fighting for---to break the generations-long kalakaran, to reverse the bad image of Customs and to propel it forward to a reformed and modernized customs service.”
"On this instance, for this particular sensitive post, I believe that even if the distrust comes from just a segment of the people, honor dictates that I give up the post and make way for a new leadership in the Bureau," he said.
Biazon is among the 34 individuals charged last Friday over the pork barrel scam.
Biazon, a former congressman of Muntinlupa, allegedly received a kickback of P1.95 million.
In a statement issued right after Biazon announced his resignation, President Aquino said Biazon "believes that the proper thing to do is to defend himself without compromising his past record, or the ongoing reforms in the Bureau."
He said Biazon is "especially concerned with protecting his family, in particular his children, from the effects of a public controversy."
Aquino said Biazon submitted his resignation on Monday afternoon.
He said Biazon feels "it would be best to provide the Secretary of Finance the widest leverage and flexibility to steer the future direction of the Bureau of Customs, in light of the controversy brought about by Commissioner Biazon's inclusion in the complaint of the National Bureau of Investigation before the Ombudsman."
"I have given Commissioner Biazon until the end of the week to wind up his affairs in the Bureau of Customs, in order to ensure an orderly transfer. I thank him for his years of service to our administration and the nation. I wish him nothing but the best as he returns to private life," Aquino said.
Aside from Biazon, also among those facing complaints for malversation, bribery and graft are former congressmen, namely Salacnib Baterina (Ilocos Sur), Douglas Cagas (Davao del Sur), Marc Douglas Cagas IV (Davao del Sur), Arrel Olaño (Davao del Norte), Arthur Pingoy Jr. (South Cotabato) and Rodolfo Valencia (Oriental Mindoro).
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Answer: Two-thirds. Article VI, Section 16.3 states, "Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all its Members, suspend or expel a Member." So, if the Senate wants to expel a member, 16 of the 24 Senators must agree to expel that Senator.
Prediction 1 :JPE"s Appointment with History
"I am not oblivious to the possible political repercussions of the my case today. I am deeply concerned that the people may just so easily ignore, forget, if not completely miss out, the hard lessons we all must learn from this episode, instead of grow and mature as citizens of a democratic nation.
Those whose intentions and motivations may be farthest from the lofty ideals of truth and justice are wont to feast upon my downfall should this Court render a guilty verdict.
I am equally aware of the tremendous pressure weighing heavily upon all the members of this Court as we had to come to a decision on this case, one way or the other.
As one who has been through many personal upheavals through all of my 89 years, I, too, have been judged, often unfairly and harshly. But I have constantly held that those who face the judgment of imperfect and fallible mortals like us have recourse to the judgment of history, and, ultimately, of God."
I therefore resign from the Senate to protect my personal honour and to spare the country from further anguish.
JPE's Proposed Resignation Speech (Inspired by his speech in the Corona impeachment).